GE 441 - Geotechnical Construction Practice

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Course Materials:


Course Syllabus -SS2008

Online Class Lecture 2009



Lecture 1 - Mass Grading


Lecture 2 - Compaction


Lecture 3 - Drainage And Erosion Control


Lecture 4 - Slope Face Treatment


Lecture 5 - Subsurface Drainage


Lecture 6 - Geotechnical Input For The Design of Retention Structures

 

READING ASSIGNMENTS

-Chapter 2 - History And Development of Grading Codes
From Excavation And Grading Code Administration, Inspection, And Enforcement
By C. Michael Scullin

-Chapter 5 - Grading Inspection
From Excavation And Grading Code Administration, Inspection, And Enforcement
By C. Michael Scullin

-Chapter 6 - Special Grading Inspections And Investigations
From Excavation And Grading Code Administration, Inspection, And Enforcement
By C. Michael Scullin

-Chapter 9 - Drainage Requirements And Maintenance of Homesites
From Excavation And Grading Code Administration, Inspection, And Enforcement
By C. Michael Scullin

 

COURSE NOTES


SITE CHARACTERIZATION




Gow, Mohr, Terzaghi, and Origins of the Standard Penetration Test

 

CPT Soundings
Fundamentals of cone Penetrometer Test (CPT) Soundings

 

Types of Drilling Rigs
Examples of Various Kinds of Drilling Rigs

-Subsurface Exploration Using The
Standard Penetration Test (SPT) And
Cone Penetrometer Test (CPT)

-Sample CPT Logs

-CPT Hole Closure

-Suggested Methods For Determining Hardness and Abrasiveness of Rocks

-Weak Rock, Poorly Lithified Cockroaches, and Snakes  by  Allen W. Hatheway

-Shales And Other Degradable Materials, From: TRB Special Report 247

-Don't Forget The Sanborn Maps  by  Allen W. Hatheway

-Lessons On Site Characterization Gleaned From Forensic Studies
(.PDF of Presentation Given At 2004 AEG National Meeting, Dearborn, MI)

-Rock Quality Designation (RQD)
-The Rock Quality Designation (RQD) in Practice
-Technical Description of Rock Cores for Engineering Purposes

-Rock Mass Rating

 

EXCAVATING AND GRADING


-Notes on Concepts of Mass Grading

-Strength Degradation of Compacted Embankments Due To Aging

-Hydrocompression And Hydroswell - New Terms In The Geotechnical Dictionary

-Slope Failures And Grading Corrections

-Subsurface Drainage Notes

-ASFE Daily Field Reports

 

BASELINE REFERENCES


-Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) Standard Plans For Highway Construction

-NAVFAC Design Manual 7.01 - Soil Mechanics

-NAVFAC Design Manual 7.02 - Foundations And Earth Structures

-NAVFAC Design Manual 7.03 - Soil Dynamics And Special Design Aspects

-U.S. Army Corps of Engineers  - Comprehensive Listing And Download
of Engineering Manuals


-U.S. Army Field Manuals - Comprehensive Listing and Download of 400+ Manuals

-Caterpillar Performance Handbook Edition 21 - Seismic Velocity vs. Rippability

-Caterpillar Performance Handbook Edition 33 - Seismic Velocity vs. Rippability

 

EXPANSIVE SOILS


-Damage to Foundations from Expansive Soils

-Various Aspects of Expansive Soils

-Correlations Between Soil Plasticity and Strength Parameters

-Input for IBC Design PT Slabs on Expansive Soils

 

GEOTECHNICAL BASELINE REPORTS


-Geotechnical Baseline Report For Cowmire And Coldwater Stormwater
Tunnels at Lambert Airport Expansion

-Managing Subsurface Risk For Toronto's Rapid Transit Expansion Program

-Typical Contract Language In Specifications In Public Works Construction Job
Involving Rock Excavation

-Cost Estimation For Underground Transit:
Too Dangerous To "Guestimate"

-Tunneling From The Contractor's Perspective

-Responsibility, Accountability and The Rule of Parsimony

-Typical Client & Contractor Relationships

 

REPORT PREPARATION

-Standards for Geotechnical and Engineering Geology Reports

-Standard Limitation of Liability Clauses

-Differentiating Areas of Responsibility In Geotechnical Engineering

 

GEOTECHNICAL PEER REVIEW


-Science vs Advocacy: The Reviewer's Role to Protect the Public Interest

-The Concept of Reasonable Care on Unstable Hillslides

-DISAPPEARING PRACTICE OPPORTUNITIES: WHY ARE OWNERS AND ENGINEERS
TAKING INCREASED RISKS? WHAT CAN BE DONE TO COUNTER THIS THREAT?

RETAINING STRUCTURES


-Determination of Earth Pressure Distributions for Large-Scale Retention Structures

 

MISCELLANEOUS


-Groundwater Contamination And Sinkhole Collapse Induced By Leaky Impoundments
In Soluble Rock Terrain

(Interesting report by the Missouri Geological Survey on karst and difficulties related
to impoundments)

 

Questions or comments on this page?
E-mail Dr. J David Rogers at rogersda@mst.edu.